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A NEW IBS SOLUTION
BACTERIA - THE MISSING LINK IN TREATING
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Mark Pimentel, MD
DIRECTOR OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL MOTILITY
PROGRAM AT CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER
A Revolutionary Look At The Way
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Is Being Treated
If over 60 million people suffer from it in the United States alone,
how can it be “all in your head”? That is the question
Dr. Mark Pimentel has dedicated his life to answering. And with
his new book, A New IBS Solution, he gives
you the answer. It’s not!
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most chronic medical condition
in the United States and affects people of all ages. Until recently
many people have had to suffer in silence or “learn to live
with it” because there has been no known cure. It was even
thought to be a psychological disorder. How can a disease that affects
so many people be considered to be so taboo – by society and
at times by the medical community? IBS, with symptoms of abdominal
pain, bloating and altered bowel habits is more than just embarrassing
and uncomfortable to discuss. It severely alters people’s
lives. It creeps into everything they do. Imagine having this one
thing invade and control every aspect of your life and even force
you to give up activities you love….no large concerts, no
small boats, no beaches without bathrooms, the list is endless.
For many people the pain and uncertainty of bowel function can be
disabling enough to prevent them from working, traveling and even
socializing or having an intimate relationship.
Chances are if you’re not a sufferer yourself, you know someone
who is. The time has come to tackle this disease and bring it into
the mainstream. A New IBS Solution does
A New IBS Solution offers people the
relief they have been so desperately searching for. It takes the
reader through the historical evolution of conventional medicine’s
views on IBS in way that can be easily understood and provides real
life examples. Dr. Pimentel provides readers with the missing
link - bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine - and sets
forth a treatment protocol adopted by such renowned institutions
as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center that will not only resolve IBS symptoms,
but also prevent them from recurring. Dr. Pimentel gives the 60
million people who suffer from IBS a voice and the tools to take
their lives back.
Dr. Mark Pimentel is available for interviews to share his information
and remove the stigma associated with IBS.
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KCAL/Channel 9 News Interview - February 16, 2006
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Los Angeles Daily News - January 9, 2006
St. Louis Post Dispatch - July 29, 2005
By Kay Quinn
It causes everything from pneumonia and infections, to certain
stomach ulcers. Now, bacteria could be to blame for triggering a
common intestinal ailment.
This new theory has led to a new treatment for irritable bowel
syndrome or IBS.
For years, doctors chalked up the alternating symptoms of constipation
and diarrhea to stress. But a developing theory links bacteria that
causes food poisoning, including salmonella, to IBS.
37 year old Jennifer Freese has been battling the pain and discomfort
of IBS since she was 19. "Things you want to do you don't always
do because you don't know when it will flare up."
On the advice of her doctor, Jennifer's breath is being tested
every 15 minutes for the next two hours. The test can help determine
whether she has an overgrowth of bacteria in her small intestine.
Some doctors believe certain bacteria that cause food poisoning,
like shigella and salmonella, also damage the nerves of the small
intestine, setting the stage for that overgrowth and the discomfort
"Many patients don't remember the inciting incident. Some
patients say o.k. I came back with an infection it lasted for a
couple of weeks and I developed IBS and never had it before,"
says Dr. Leonard Weinstock, a gastroenterologist with Specialists
in Gastroenterology in Creve Coeur.
After a careful medical history and physical exam, patients are
given a sugar drink that's not absorbed by the body. The breath
of those with an overgrowth of bacteria will give off measurable
levels of methane and hydrogen. Patients who test positive can then
be treated with two drugs: one that increases contractions in the
small intestine, and a ten day course of a new antibiotic called
"We've had some dramatic responses and we've also had some
people who've said thank goodness you can tell me something other
than its not in my head," says Dr. Weinstock.
Kelly Kendrick was found to have an overgrowth of bacteria in her
intestine. She's been treated and is already seeing a difference.
"Now I can eat the foods I love, go out to dinner, not have
to worry about the problems I had before. It's been a miracle for
The theory is still somewhat controversial. But Dr. Weinstock believes
the test could help up to 70 percent of people with IBS.
For more on the link between bacterial infections and IBS, check
out Monday's Health and Fitness section of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.